CV

Experience 

The i Paper – Real life editor, digital (2018-present)

  • Covering exclusive real life stories, including health, inequality, women's issues, relationships and personal finance, for The i Paper's website
  • When I joined a dedicated people writer was a new thing, and my articles soon became the top performing for hits and I earned the role of editor
  • Involves editing reporters’ stories that fall into the real life category and growing the section using SEO and analytics information
  • Supervised a freelance real life writer and a staffer 
  • Responsibilities include editing the homepage, reporting breaking news and managing the site's social media channels on a shift rota of editors

MailOnline – Health reporter (2017-2018)

  • Worked under high pressure to tight deadlines writing breaking news and exclusives for the world’s biggest news website
  • Proved my ability to turn complex information into clear, engaging copy, including scientific journal studies and the latest NHS developments
  • Undertook health editor duties on occasions including managing the channel, liaising with the paper and US desk, and monitoring analytics
  • Wrote native adverts as a freelancer for the health homepage

    Candis – Deputy editor (2015-2016)

    • Responsibility for day-to-day running of the magazine – ensuring the title was produced on time, to budget and to high standards – along with website content
    • Flat-planned, commissioned and edited a range of features, including celebrity, charity, health, beauty, fashion, food, travel and fiction
    • Managed an editorial team, conducted appraisals and developed a network of freelancers
    • Liaised with the design, photographic and advertising teams
    • Managed an editorial budget and invoices and as part of a board I distributed charity funding 

    Freelance journalist (2015)

    • Wrote for national newspapers and magazines, including Mail Online, Mirror Online and Love It!

    OMG! magazine (Now merged with Love It! Magazine) – Assistant editor (2014-2015)

    • Sourced, wrote and commissioned real life stories and assisted with flatplanning, overseeing layout/design, proofreading and subbing
    • Managed the magazine's social media including sourcing competitions

    Trinity Mirror plc – Sub-editor (heritage titles) (2013-2014)

    • Worked across a range of heritage titles including the Daily Mirror’s World War 100 magazines to mark the centenary
    • Generated content ideas, wrote and commissioned features, and designed eye-catching pages
    • Displayed a meticulous eye for detail subbing magazines consistently to house style

    Liverpool Unites – Fundraising manager (2013-2013)

    • Managed Liverpool ECHO’s in-house children’s charity as sole employee which required self-initiative
    • Developed and implemented a strategy to raise an ambitious target for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, though events, community initiatives and editorial campaigns involving case studies and recruitment of celebrity ambassadors
    • Managed volunteers and budgets
    • Devised print advertising and social media campaigns across the ECHO and its sister titles

    Newsquest (North West) – Features writer/sub-editor (2011-2012)

    • Wrote and designed promotional features across 12 weekly local newspapers
    • Steered the relaunch of a glossy magazine Wirral Lifestyle as content editor

    Hull Daily Mail – Senior news reporter (2009-2011)

    • Worked at both the fast-paced city office for the Hull Daily Mail and the district office as part of a small team under pressure to produce daily front pages and edition pages for the East Riding Mail
    • Responsible for reporting three magistrates’ courts in the East Riding
    • Covered inquests, public enquiries, council meetings, general and local elections, business, crime, health, GMC hearings, human interest, FOI and various events
    • Produced videos and content for the web

    Work placements (2007-2008)

    • Liverpool ECHO, Southport Visiter, Wirral News, Liverpool.com, MEN, Now Online and Candis

    Wirral Autistic Society – Fundraising officer (2005-2007)

    • Generated income as the only paid fundraiser through trusts and grant-making organisations, events and community fundraising
    • Launched a new magazine – which I wrote, designed and sold advertising for – aimed at boosting communications with key stakeholders (i.e. clients, their families, staff and donors)

    Advanstar Communications – Assistant editor (2004-2005)

    • Wrote news and features across three international monthly healthcare magazines

    Education

    National certificate examination (NCE) (2010-2010)

    Press Association Training – Various short courses (2010-2010)

    NCTJ foundation course in multimedia (including video training and shorthand at 110wpm) – Press Association Training (2008-2008)

    NCTJ fast-track diploma in magazine journalism – Liverpool Community College (2007-2007)

    NVQs in Photoshop and Illustrator – Wirral Metropolitan College (2004)

    Business administration, BA (Hons), 2:1 – Liverpool John Moores University (1999-2003)

    A-levels in business (B), politics (C) and English literature (C) – Wirral Metropolitan College (1998-1999)

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